'Big boom': Saginaw Township family jarred awake after alleged drunk driver hits house

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (11/22/2017) - A Bay City man is behind bars after crashing his vehicle into a Saginaw Township home with a family inside.

One person inside the home thought the collision was an explosion.

"It was a big boom," said Katie DeFouw. "Honestly, I think it shook the house."

DeFouw, who is from the Grand Rapids area, was sound asleep with her family in her dad's Saginaw Township home off McCarty Road when she heard that big boom at 2:30 a.m.

"We weren't sure what happened at that point, came running down the stairs and thought someone hit the house, and I could see a bunch of broken glass and everything," said DeFouw.

When the family went outside, they saw the SUV had run right into their house.

Police say the driver of the SUV went through a flashing red light as he drove north on Hemmeter Road, across McCarty Road and didn't stop until the vehicle hit the home.

Saginaw Township Police Chief Don Pussehl believes the suspect was intoxicated.

"It appeared as if he was under the influence of alcohol and thought that he was on a different roadway -- on Center -- heading back to Bay City, where he lived," Pussehl said.

The driver was taken to the hospital with injuries described as minor. Pussehl said his department will have extra patrols Wednesday evening, on what is traditionally one of the biggest bar nights of the year.

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